SAA COLT Clone- a little loose?
About 17 years ago I bought a Single Action Army clone (45LC) from EMF. I think it is a Uberti but I can't tell because all the modern info, like address-etc, is hidden under the ejector rod housing. The only markings are exactly like the Black Powder versions from Colt in the late 1800's. It is a beautiful gun (not quite up to a Colt but very close). It shoot OK but high and off to the left, but that's not the problem. I recently measured a few things on it and it seems out of spec but I'm no SAA expert but maybe someone here is (???).
HEAD SPACE (measured 2 ways):
1. Cylinder pushed all the to the rear with feeler gage 0.062 inches
2. Cylinder pushed all the to the rear, cartridge in cylinder in firing position, feeler gages between case rim and frame 0.062 inches from 0.054 rim + 0.008 feeler gage
CYLINDER GAP TO BARREL:
Cylinder pushed all the to the rear 0.012 inches
CYLINDER END PLAY:
Cylinder pushed all the to the rear and feeler gage between the cylinder bushing and the front of the frame window 0.010 inches
This all seems pretty loosey-goosey to me and in no way is close to spec for modern double action Colt or S&W revolvers. It shoots fine and doesn't spit lead or do anything funny, but raises a few questions.
1). Is this typical of Italian clones from the era?
2). Are today's Italian clones better than this?
3). Are there any safety issues in these apparently loose specs?
4). Does it make sense to use shim stock washers under the cylinder bushing to reduce the end play to 0.001 inches?
4a). Or should a shim be placed at the rear of the cylinder which would reduce both the end play of the cylinder and the cylinder to barrel gap (say 0.009 inch shim to get to 0.001 inch cylinder end play and a 0.003 inch cylinder to barrel gap? But would a shim there get torn up by the rotation of the cylinder?) Will a shim at the rear of the cylinder interfere with the action of the hand advancing the cylinder to the next hole? This would increase the headspace to 0.071 inches. Is that too much?
5). Is it necessary to have close to zero end float on the cylinder as the gases most likely will push the cylinder to the rear as the bullet passes out of the cylinder? The cylinder gap would then become the 0.012 inches that I measured.
6). Isn't the cylinder bore sized different than modern 45 Long colt guns?
Anyone got any answers?
Last edited by LDBennett; 09-05-2009 at 08:11 AM..